One-Pot Wonders

Whole Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

December  6, 2010
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Cantaloupe sized pumpkins (also known as sugar pumpkins) aren't just for decoration! They are truly great for baking. One morning we started with the most amazing yet simple combination of oats and spices and then baked them right inside the pumpkin. A new holiday tradition was born. It’s so easy to make, looks absolutely beautiful on the table and tastes even better. Now if only we could buy these pumpkins all year long! —cookingwithkid

What You'll Need
  • 2 sugar pumpkins
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 to 1 cups lowfat milk (depening how milky you like)
  • 1 granny smith apple (peeled + diced)
  • extra brown sugar for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  2. Start by carefully cutting the top off your pumpkin and cleaning the insides out.
  3. Combine all remaining ingredients (except the brown sugar for sprinkling) in a large bowl. Stir well and divide batter evenly between the two pumpkins.
  4. Sprinkle the top of each lightly with brown sugar and place both pumpkins on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 mins to an hour or until pumpkin is tender and oatmeal is cooked.
  5. Serve pumpkins on a plate in the center of the table. When doling out scoops be sure to scrape up some the pumpkin flesh with the spiced oatmeal.
  6. Note: We recommend cooking the pumpkin with the top off for the first 20 mins and then put the top on loosely (allowing for steam to come out) for the rest of the baking time. If your pumpkin has a stem, make sure to soak it in water before baking and keep it away from the heat source.
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12 Reviews

BlueKaleRoad October 12, 2011
I love this! The oatmeal sounds so good and the presentation is terrific.
indybabs August 22, 2011
thanks, Sage... I probably have seen them now that you explain them, but never with a sign!!! lol... now I will ask
indybabs August 22, 2011
where do you find sugar pumpkins? have never seen them.... is there a substitute pumpkin?
Sagegreen August 22, 2011
Gosh, you don't have adorable little sugar pumpkins for sale in your markets in the fall? They are the best because they have both a great shape and flavor. You should ask at your markets. I have used acorn squash for serving with some dishes, but I don't know if they would work as well with this oat recipe.
indybabs August 22, 2011
where do you find sugar pumpkins? or is there a substitute?
Sagegreen December 8, 2010
I love this presentation! Thanks.
Sadassa_Ulna December 8, 2010
THAT is cool.
njd267 December 6, 2010
How funny! I just commented on your pumpkin pie french toast, went back to the full list, and clicked on this recipe next! Let's just say I'll be going to your site everyday from now on. What great, fun recipes you post!
JoanG December 6, 2010
What great way to combine pumpkin, apples and oatmeal!
cookingwithkid December 6, 2010
It's so warm and cozy not to mention deeelish. My kid cannot stop talking about it!
cbear1984 December 6, 2010
That's pretty cool. Love the idea!
cookingwithkid December 6, 2010
Thanks! You should see how faces light up when it's put on the table. So much fun!